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The Wales Map Symposium 2019 to be held in Aberystwyth

The Wales Map Symposium 2019, Humphrey Llwyd, Inventor of Britain, will take place at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth on Friday, May 31.

[aoa id=”1″]The half-day symposium, organised jointly with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and in association with the AHRC funded project ‘Inventor of Britain’, will focus on the work and influence of Humphrey Llwyd, the father of Welsh cartography.[/aoa]

The National Library and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales are home to a wealth of cartographic material. The event will be an opportunity for those interested in the field to develop their understanding of the collections.

As well as a programme of presentations, the National Library’s map curator will run a series of guided tours around one of the current exhibitions – Inventor of Britain: The Life and Work of Humphrey Llwyd.

The symposium is among a series of events and activities organised and held during the exhibition, which runs until June 29. In Inventor of Britain, visitors can see a selection of Llwyd’s most important works, including several copies of his famous map of Wales and a letter he wrote to Ortelius on his deathbed.

Pedr ap Llwyd, the National Library’s chief executive and librarian, said: “Where better to hold a map symposium than the National Library of Wales, which is the home to the largest map collection in Wales and one of the largest in the world?

“The symposium will showcase the wealth of our national map collection and allow us the opportunity to celebrate Humphrey Llwyd’s incredible contribution to Welsh life and learning.”

Speakers include: Keith Lilley, Professor of Historical Geography, Queen’s University Belfast, Joost Depuydt, curator of typographical and technical collections, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp and James January-McCann, place names officer at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.